Virginia Oyster Trail launches

Tues­day Gov. Terry McAu­li­ffe announced the cre­ation of the Vir­ginia Oys­ter Trail, a major tourism devel­op­ment project con­nect­ing trav­el­ers to Vir­ginia oys­ter raw bars ‚restau­rants, and the water­men cul­ture through­out coastal Vir­ginia, the North­ern Neck, Mid­dle Penin­sula and Virginia’s East­ern Shore.Virginia pro­duces the best oys­ters in the world and as the oys­ter indus­try con­tin­ues to grow, we want to let it be known that Vir­ginia is also the Oys­ter Cap­i­tal of the East Coast,” said Gov. McAu­li­ffe.

A public-private part­ner­ship of stake­hold­ers started work­ing together this year to brand the Vir­ginia oys­ter travel expe­ri­ence to show the world that Vir­ginia is for Oys­ter Lovers. The trail shows vis­i­tors a way to enjoy Virginia’s seven dif­fer­ent oys­ter regions, as well as expe­ri­ence the cul­ture of water­men in the Chesa­peake Bay. Gov. McAu­li­ffe offi­cially declared Novem­ber as Vir­ginia Oys­ter Month and named Vir­ginia the “Oys­ter Cap­i­tal of the East Coast.”